NCAAF Player Props

Harrison Bailey and Hendon Hooker Heisman Odds Offer Clue to Tennessee Starting QB in 2021

Max Staley
Apr 8, 2021, 1:54 PM EDT
Harrison Bailey's Heisman odds revealed ahead of the 2021 NCAA season.
Harrison Bailey's Heisman odds revealed ahead of the 2021 NCAA season. | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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Harrison Bailey is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound quarterback who was ranked as a 4-star recruit for the Tennessee Volunteers. His presence generated a lot of buzz for a program that sorely needs some good news.

Bailey didn't get much of a chance to show off his skills in 2020. The freshman only attempted 68 passes last season, completing 48 (70.6%) for 578 yards with 4 touchdowns to 2 interceptions.

But now that incumbent starter Jarrett Guarantano has transferred to Washington State, the path is paved for Bailey to start. However, taking a look at the latest Heisman odds, provided by WynnBET, things might not be that cut and dry.

Harrison Bailey Heisman

Bailey has +7500 odds to win the award on WynnBET, suggesting he's a dark-horse Heisman candidate in 2021. Considering he's not even guaranteed to be the team's starter at this point, that makes sense. Bailey will be battling it out with Kaidon Salter and Hendon Hooker for the starting role.

However, he's actually significantly behind Hooker (+4000) in the latest Heisman odds, which suggest Hooker might have the inside track on the job.

Hendon Hooker Heisman

In his two seasons as a starter with the Virginia Tech Hokies, Hooker threw for 2,894 yards with 22 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. He's much more of a dual-threat QB than Bailey is, though, as Hooker rushed for 976 yards and 15 touchdowns in that span. Bailey, meanwhile, finished his freshman campaign with -28 yards on the ground.

These odds make it seem as if Hooker is likely to secure the starting job in 2021, though it's way too early to count Bailey out.

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